The order Leptosomiformes includes only one species of bird – the Cuckoo Roller. The cuckoo roller or courol (Leptosomus discolor) is endemic to Madagascar’s forests and the woodlands, and the Comoro Islands.
These medium-sized birds have eyes set far back in the face with a short bill. The feet have an unusual structure, with two toes pointing forward and two backward – great for climbing trees!
They are sexually dichromatic, with males sporting bluish-green coloring and grey or white underparts and brown females with pale, spotted underparts.
The Cuckoo Roller feeds on small lizards and geckos as well as on insects like caterpillars, stick insects and grasshoppers.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No